Objective: Children will make a weather clock and explain how the weather affects our daily lives.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This is an ongoing activity for the children to observe and chart the daily weather.
A meteorologist is someone who studies the weather. Meteorologists predict, or say ahead of time, the weather conditions that are expected. Weather affects our daily lives. People need to know about the weather so they can plan what to wear or to plan their daily activities. For example, if snow is expected you would need to dress warmly, and snow would limit outside activities such as bike riding. Although we cannot control the weather, we have learned to adapt to it. Our homes are well insulated to protect us from the cold, and many homes are air conditioned or have fans to help keep us cool when it is hot outside.
Our weather comes from basically two things: the Sun and the moisture in the air. These two things work together to create clouds, snow, rain, thunderstorms, and fog. They also cause the wind to blow. Without the Sun or the moisture in the air, the Earth would have no weather. There is always moisture in the air. We can see it when it’s raining or snowing outside. Even on a sunny day, there is moisture in the air. Although we cannot always see the moisture in the air, we can sometimes feel it in the form of humidity.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.